C/PVT Hopper, David Charles
Career Branch Choices
Speaking as a newly appointed second lieutenant in the US Army, my three choices of main service would be quite varied. In no particular order they would be Air-Defense Artillery, Aviation, and Infantry. I've always liked the idea of flying, be it transport or actual combat vehicles wouldn't matter to me. I would like to fly attack or combat support choppers though. I've always wanted the challenge and the trigger time of being an infantryman as well. ADA, just seems really interesting, although I never knew much about it until now.
As far as aviation goes I've always liked the idea of small extremely fast and maneuverable yet highly effective combat machines. In this sense there is really only one chopper I'd really enjoy flying. The Bell (model 406) OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is perfect for what I like as it performs reconnaissance, security, command and control, target acquisition/designation, and defensive air combat missions.
It has highly accurate navigation system that permits precise target location that can be handed-off to other engagement systems or used by itself with it two versatile weapons bays. Its laser designator can provide autonomous designation for laser-guided precision weapons as well. If needed the Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS) missiles also provide the Kiowa Warrior with protection against threat aircraft.
In order to get into aviation you of course need a college degree but also need to pass flight school and be in top mental and physical shape to be able to endure the rigors of flight and have next to perfect if not better than perfect sight. The mission of Army Aviation is to find, fix and destroy any enemy through fire and maneuver; and, to provide combat support and combat service support in coordination operations as an...